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TRANDITIONAL TOUBELEKI

HISTORY

The toumbeleki is a pot-like drum, open on the top and the bottom, made either of clay or metal. On the upper hole, skin (usually goat skin) is stretched with ropes, while the hole at the bottom stays uncovered. It's played with both hands, by holding it between your thighs, under your left armpit or hanging from your shoulder. It's customary in Thrace, Macedonia and the islands of the Aegean Sea. It accompanies any other instrument in the music companies, particularly suitable for fast rythms.

As with all drums, strong and deep sounds are produced by hitting the center of the circular membrane, while the weaker and dried sounds by tapping near the edges. That's why the one who plays the toumbeleki, holds the leading pace with his right hand, while his left hand hits the secondary rythms that enrich the the rythmic structure


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